‘The Americans,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ lead TV critics awards nominations

The Americans” reaped a leading four bids for the Television Critics Assn. Awards. It contends for the top prize of Program of the Year as well as Best Drama, Drama Performance (Matthew Rhys) and Best New Series.  

The TCA, which is comprised primarily of print and web writers, announced its nominees for the 28th annual edition of their kudos just hours before the rival Broadcast Television Journalists Assn. bestows their awards. The TCA champs will be crowned on Aug. 3 during the summer press tour. 

Game of Thrones” won Program from the TCA last year and is back in that race this year as well as the one for drama series. 

Reigning Drama Series champ “Breaking Bad” defends its title and also contends for Program and Drama Performance (Bryan Cranston).

On the comedy front, “Louie” and its star Louis C.K. are looking for bookend awards. 

For the first time in the history of these kudos, women outnumber men in contention for the performance prizes by six to four. Last year was the first time that they had achieved parity in these categories. 

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
The Americans
Breaking Bad
Game of Thrones
“House of Cards”
“The Walking Dead”

BEST DRAMA SERIES
“The Americans”
“Breaking Bad”
“Game of Thrones”
“Homeland”
“Mad Men”

BEST DRAMA PERFORMANCE
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Vera Farmiga, “Bates Motel”
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Monica Potter, “Parenthood”
Matthew Rhys, “The Americans”

BEST COMEDY SERIES
“The Big Bang Theory”
Louie
“New Girl”
“Park and Recreation”
“Veep”

BEST COMEDY PERFORMANCE
Louis C.K.,” Louie”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Jake Johnson, “New Girl”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

BEST NEW PROGRAM
“The Americans”
“Elementary”
“House of Cards”
“The Mindy Project”
“Orphan Black”

BEST MOVIE, MINISERIES OR SPECIAL
“American Horror Story: Asylum”
“Behind the Candelabra”
“Downton Abbey”
“Rectify”
“Top of the Lake”

BEST REALITY SERIES
“The Amazing Race”
“The Glee Project”
“Shark Tank”
“Survivor”
“The Voice”

BEST YOUTH SERIES 
“Adventure Time”
“Bunheads”
“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”
“Sesame Street”
“Switched at Birth”

BEST NEWS AND INFORMATION PROGRAM
“60 Minutes”
“Anderson Cooper 360”
“Central Park Five”
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
“Rachel Maddow Show”

HERITAGE AWARD
“All In the Family”
“Lost”
“Saturday Night Live”
“Star Trek”
“Twin Peaks”

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
James L. Brooks
James Burrows
Jay Leno
William Shatner
Barbara Walters

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